Bethany Wells


23/11/2018 – 25/11/2018 1pm-9pm Leeds Dock (outside Primal Gym)
Leeds Dock, LS10 1PZ

Originally commissioned for Compass Festival 2016, WARMTH instantly became a festival favourite and has since toured the UK extensively. We’re delighted to bring it back to Leeds this year where Bethany will be experimenting with sauna experiences for the cooler Autumn temperatures.

Inspired by Finnish sauna culture, Bethany Wells has built a mobile, wood-fired sauna in a converted horse trailer, functioning as a space for experimental performance and impromptu gatherings.

Timber-lined, with wood smoke rising from the chimney, it brings a nomadic presence to the street. By inviting people to step out of their day and into the WARMTH, it offers a liberating communal experience.

Appealing to all the senses, this warm, fragrant, subtly-lit haven creates a pocket of Scandinavia in Leeds City Centre.

An accompanying tent based exhibition about smoke saunas will be available to enjoy.

WARMTH at Compass Festival from Compass Festival on Vimeo.

In 2016, people said:

Not only cleansing for the body and spirit- such a wonderful vehicle for community and social cohesion. How can you not strike up conversation when 5 people are sat in swimwear in a horsebox! Blissful!!”

“The sauna was such a great experience. I felt like I was on holiday. The meditation made me transport to another island. Surreal moment on a rainy November evening.”

“Perfect experience of Finnish sauna, a very nice twist to the traditional thing, love it! “

“Brilliant! Should be a year- round thing!”

Commissioned by Compass Festival.

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